Schubert’s Winterreise

Winterreise Project

This project includes song texts and translations, video clips and interviews, essays and other resources relating to Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise.

“Hampson’s [Winterreise]…is more active than reactive…he sees the poet in Winterreise as a sort of Promethean figure in great disharmony with his environment and in a huge struggle to contain and understand a soul…in bringing out the drama of storms, or picturing the cold wonder of white, barren landscapes, Hampson forced us to consider our own relationship with our surroundings, whatever they are and how they make us what we are.”

— “A Journey to the Soul with Hampson in ‘Winterreise’,” Los Angeles Times review by Mark Swed (March 11, 1997)

The snows descended on my head… Cold, want, and fatigue were the least pains I was destined to endure; I was cursed by some devil and carried about with me my eternal hell…
Follow me, I seek the everlasting ices of the north…

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Writings, Song Texts, Translations, Video Clips, Interviews, and Recordings related to Winterreise


Transcending the Self:
A Program Note to Winterreise


Winterreise Videos (2002)


Winterreise Texts and Translations


“Horrifying Songs”:
Schubert’s Winterreise


Ian Bostridge’s
Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession


Schubert’s Journey: An Exploration with Thomas Hampson


Song: Mirror of the World
Program 3
Singing the Romantic Self


Singers on Singing :
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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